Mashonaland West Bureau
Integrated media house, Zimpapers, yesterday donated a special laptop and other gadgets valued at over $500 000 to a visually impaired Midlands State University (MSU) student, Mavis Tshuma.
The laptop is installed with a Jaws Professional Software that allows the user to operate it using audio commands, making it easy to navigate between applications.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Kindness Paradza handed over the laptop along with a brand new A31 Samsung smartphone and a walking stick to the second-year Sociology student.
He welcomed Zimpapers’ generosity, saying the laptop will assist Tshuma with her studies.
“After watching the heart-touching story of Mavis on ZBC TV, Zimpapers, through its board chairperson Mr Tommy Sithole and chief executive officer Mr Pikirayi Deketeke, procured the gadgets valued at over $500 000 from South Africa.
The special utility laptop is going to be handy in her studies, as she desperately needed it,” he said.
Deputy Minister Paradza praised the media group for informing the nation about successes of the Second Republic. Accepting the donation, Tshuma said studying was a huge challenge before she received the donation.
“The computer and the phone are going to make it easy for me to study,” she said.
“We only had two such kind of computers at MSU and it was a huge challenge for me and other visually impaired students to study.”
Her mother, Felistus Marumahoko, thanked Deputy Minister Paradza and Zimpapers for the gift.
The company’s general manager (digital and publishing division), Mr Marks Shayamano, and digital and publishing division public relations and communication manager Pauline Matanda represented the group at the handover ceremony.